7. Marine Resources and Aquaculture

Main specialisation

7. Marine Resources and Aquaculture


The study direction includes design and operation of equipment and systems for harvesting and production of renewable resources from the sea. This means designing of different types of aquaculture facilities and fishing vessels; from the very smallest to the most advanced and complex factory ships. Studies on the environmental impact from these systems and on the production requirements to remain sustainability, are relevant.


Keywords: Design methods, operation and maintenance, aquaculture farms, fleet administration and supply chains, logistics management, stability and buoyancy.

Learning knowledge and skills of Marine Resources and Aquaculture


The students shall be given the opportunity to

  • Acquire a general understanding of the physics and biology of ocean systems.
  • Learn the fundamentals of systems for utilizing the living resources of the oceans. Understand how such systems may be designed, built and operated to achieve ecological, economic and social sustainability.
  • Achieve insight into the functioning of the value chains in fisheries and aquaculture, become familiar with terms like production and productivity, product- and cost functions as well as input factors.
  • Develop an understanding of the use of modeling, simulation and operations research as valuable tools in the design process.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge in the fields of concept development, techno-economic design and operation of vessels and plants for fishery and aquaculture, while taking into account external conditions and functional requirements relevant for such vessels and plants.
  • Become familiar with the principles of logistic systems design related to fisheries, aquaculture and the transport of live fish.
  • Acquire knowledge of the basic principles for ergonomically acceptable and safe design of workstations/workplaces in vessels and plants in fisheries and aquacultures.
  • Become knowledgeable of the fundamentals of catching, handling and storage of fish, hydro-acoustic principles for fish detection and for estimating biomass.
  • Learn the fundamentals of methods and critera for project evaluation


The students shall have the possibility to acquire the following skills:

  • Be able to apply common methods for concept development and system design to the catching and production of marine biomass
  • Be capable of estimating volume and density of fish in net cages and be conversant with the rules and regulations for fish density in the aquaculture industry
  • Have the competence necessary for calculating environmental forces on individual net cages as well as the accumulated forces on clusters of cages anchored in a common system.
  • Know important principles and methods for safe and efficient operation of equipment used in fisheries and aquaculture.
  • Be capable of carrying out strength and fatigue analyses for fish farms.
  • Have the ability to design energy efficient propulsion systems for vessels with large variations in engine loads.
  • Be able to carry out resistance calculations for small vessels.
  • Have the competence necessary to calculate/estimate forces related to stability and safety, from tows, fishing- and sampling gear, as well as anchors and lifting devices.

General competence

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